By Yuriy Andriyashchuk
Hip-HopVibeVibe.com Staff Writer
The ‘Friday‘ movie series are without a doubt classics. ‘Friday‘ was released back in 1995 starring Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, Nia Long, the late Tommy Lister, and more. ‘Friday After Next‘ arrived in 2002 as it was a Christmas edition. ‘Last Friday‘ was in the works for a while but came to a halt after the passing of John Singleton and most recently, Lister, who played the role of Debo in the films.
Tucker, who played the role of Smokey, Craig’s (Ice Cube) best friend, recently sat down with Shannon Sharpe on his Club Shay Shay podcast. One of the topics discussed was the process of Tucker getting casted into Friday. He revealed that at the time, he was only paid $10,000 for his role as the budget for the film was between $2-3 million.
“It’s one of those things—it was just a small movie,” said Tucker. “We filmed it in 20 days. I got about $10,000 for it or whatever, I didn’t care. I wanted the opportunity.”
Tucker added that due to this situation, actors/actresses were given few mistakes as each were only allowed two takes each to get it right for their roles. Despite the movie being small, Tucker was appreciative of that due it it allowing him to truly be his character.
“It was that small of a movie, but that was the beauty of it,” Tucker added. “It allowed me to get into character. It wasn’t no big distractions like big movie sets. You got light people and sound people and everybody wanna be a star. But that movie was just a camera and me and Cube on the porch. Magic came out of it, thank God.”
Tucker thankfully ended up on the cast and was part of an iconic film for sure that is still discussed over 20 years later. Check out Shannon Sharpe and Chris Tucker’s conversation about Friday below.
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